As the 1970s began, Hollywood was in a downturned state. With the burden of financial depression looming, the type of movies released began to change. Producers took more risks, and new directors like Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, Woody Allen and Francis Ford Coppola emerged -- making films that defined the era -- and eventually became household names.
Best picture winners at the Academy Awards during this decade include greats like "Patton," "The Godfather" and "The Sting," though plenty of others that went unrecognized deserve praise. Among the acclaimed movies that didn't even earn best picture nominations are "Badlands," "Alien" and "Young Frankenstein."
There are enough bonafide classic films from the '70s that make picking a favorite of the decade a daunting task. Though there were also plenty of duds worth skipping, PrettyFamous -- an entertainment data site by Graphiq -- ranked the 100 best movies of the '70s. To do this, the analysts compiled a list of movies released between 1970 and 1979 that had at least 10,000 IMDb votes (to establish relevance). Then, they ranked those films by their Smart Rating -- a score out of 100 that takes into account a movie's IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer and Audience Score, Gracenote rating, Metacritic Metascore and the inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross. When ties occur, movies are ranked by their total number of IMDb votes.
The list spans virtually every genre, though crime dramas are particularly prevalent. In addition to "The Godfather," films like "Chinatown" and "The French Connection" also landed in the top 15. Together, these films helped define what would become known as Hollywood's golden age.
Here's a look at the top 25, followed by the runners-up.
Note: Movie descriptions are sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.